2-cycle gasoline motor. Web site claims 150mpg, ability to stop and start the motor while riding. I bet you can hear it coming a mile away. Could be worse, I guess.
Pedal when you can, and motor otherwise!
That's just cheating.
Rachel, I truly struggle with the question of whether or not it is cheating. I recently rode an ebike and you do have to pedal. What I liked about it was that when I tried the ebike, Flagstaff had been experiencing very high winds that made biking comfortably really difficult. Coupled with the hills and elevation there were a few times when I just threw in the towel and opted for the car! In some communities a motorized bike can make sense.
I'd say it's not cheating if it was an ELECTRIC assist motor that did not pollute!
I see these around Carson City here, but they're often attached to department store bikes that probably weren't designed for the extra weight, stress, and faster speeds. And of course there not usually a helmet involved either...
BTW, I just saw one of those gas-bikes and had something to SAY about them! You'd have to read my blog to learn more, alas :)
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